We are a family company. Outfitter Bicycle Tours was founded in 1996 by Dick and Marilyn Powell as an extension of their
bike shop The Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos, California. It was an expression of their passion for cycling, travel, and exploration. We, Jamie & Joy Gilpin, have continued that passion and look to expand the legacy in the years to come.
When not on the bike, Joy Cadelina Gilpin is an Occupational Therapist, helping children with disabilities. Her school schedule allows for summers in Europe guiding our tours. A former collegiate bike racer, she also spent years working in bike shops in the Bay Area and San Diego. Her time spent wrenching at the Powell’s shop, The Bicycle Outfitter, makes her the perfect lead mechanic on our guided tours. Joy was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, USA.
Jamie Gilpin is the man turning the wheels of the operation. All logistics, marketing, back office, and other activities originate from his fingertips. Also a former racer (though nearly not as successful as Joy), cycling was a passion discovered later in life. He finally found a way to marry this passion with his business background and created a path to the leadership of Outfitter Bicycle Tours. Jamie is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, USA, where OBT is based.
In September 2011 we welcomed our daughter Celeste into our lives. Then in June 2014 we welcomed our son Cadel to the family. As parents, we are thrilled about the opportunity to expose our kids to various customs and cultures during our tours. This venture is truly a dream come true for us.
Come join us on a tour!
Jamie and Joy Gilpin
We are a U.S. Forest Service Permit Holder:
Outfitter Bicycle Tours is proud to be allowed to operate tour through public lands, and we strive to use recreational resources responsibly. As a USFS permit holder we are obliged (and pleased) to comply with federal anti-discrimination policies:
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (in education and training programs and activities), age, disability, or retaliation. Guests requiring this information in an alternative format (braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) may contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202.720.2600. Guests requiring information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, may contact the USDA agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 866.632.9992. TDD users can contact the USDA through local relay or the federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
These are some of the people that make the Self-Guided tours happen. Without their outstanding professional help, we would be nowhere.
Bruno & Susanna – Tuscany
Arthur & Alexandre – Provence
Rodger & Em – Dordogne
Florian – Burgundy
Katarina & Lars – French Alps
Joe – North Carolina
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“The team at the Outfitter Bicycle Tours put together an amazing holiday that I’ll never forget. We had great places to stay/eat and we were always in the thick of the action. The tour rides catered for riders of all levels and we somehow managed to visit my favourite team on a tour ride! I’ll be back to do it all again soon.”
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”